High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Clinic

Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

1240 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903


Call 434.243.5233

Location hours:

  • Thursdays and Fridays | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Parking: Free with validation, using your green parking ticket when you register at your appointment. Use the Lee Street Parking Garage directly across the street from University Hospital and Emergency Department.

High Risk Pancreatic Cancer Clinic
1240 Lee St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States


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Our High-Risk Pancreatic Cancer Clinic is one of the first programs in the country that screens patients with key risk factors for pancreatic cancer.

Monitoring these high-risk patients helps us determine and refine screening guidelines so we can catch pancreatic cancer earlier.

We encourage patients with certain risk factors to get screened. Through screening, we may be able to see cancer before typical symptoms appear.

Screening for Pancreatic Cancer 

During a screening, your healthcare provider will:

  • Perform a comprehensive physical exam
  • Obtain a detailed family and personal history
  • Discuss behavioral risk factors like smoking, alcohol use and poor nutrition
  • Perform genetic testing, if applicable

The screening may also include advanced tests to detect pancreatic cancer:

If we find early-stage pancreatic cancer, patients can have surgery to remove the cancer. Patients without signs of cancer are scheduled for follow-up screenings in the pancreatic clinic.

Learn more about our pancreatic cancer program

Specialty Clinics

Pancreatic Cyst Clinic

These cysts, some of which can develop into pancreatic cancer, are treatable if diagnosed early. While the presence of a pancreatic cyst does not necessarily mean you'll develop cancer, it can increase your risk. It's important to see a specialist to determine if you are at increased risk.

Cysts are usually asymptomatic, meaning you probably won't be able to tell if you have one. Most patients' cysts are found during X-rays of their abdomen for unrelated causes.

If your cyst is benign and not causing health issues, your doctor may recommend regular follow-up visits and continued monitoring of the situation. For painful or potentially cancer-causing cysts, your doctor may decide that surgery to remove the cyst is the best option.

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